Take your family on a vacation, close to home!

In Boston, you don’t need to travel far or spend a lot of money to feel like you’re on vacation.  The city is full of family-friendly destinations that you can get to by taking public transportation and that are free or low-cost!

Before you head to the beach, make sure to pack what your family needs to stay healthy and hydrated while away from home. Prepare plenty of healthy snacks (try making our Strawberry bars or Fiesta Mix); slather sunscreen on yourself and your kids in the morning and bring the bottle to reapply later in the day; and make sure each member of your family has their own water bottle to stay hydrated while in the sun.

Now you’re ready to explore Boston’s exciting vacation destinations:

  • Revere Beach, Revere. Go for a swim at Revere Beach, the oldest public beach in America, with miles of shoreline and a bathhouse for changing. Take the Blue Line to Revere Beach or Wonderland Stations.
  • L and M Street Beach, South Boston. This is one of the longest stretches of uninterrupted beach in the Boston area and provides some of the best in family-friendly facilities on the waterfront, including the opportunity for sand-castle building, picnicking, and swimming. Take MBTA Bus 5, 7, 9, 10, or 11; limited street parking is also available.
  • Castle Island & Walk, South Boston. Combine a history lesson with a day at the beach: Castle Island houses Fort Independence, a National Historic Landmark, and Pleasure Bay, a sandy beach and lagoon for swimming. Take MBTA Route 5, 7, 9, 10, or 11; free public parking is also available.
  • Malibu and Savin Hill Beaches, Dorchester. Check out great views of the Boston Harbor and turn your kids loose on the new playground! Take the red line (Savin Hill T-stop) or MBTA Bus 6 or 18.

Take a day or half-day at the beach with your family this summer and feel like you’ve had a mini-vacation!


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